This is my problem: I woke up this morning and turned on my computer from Shutdown and while it was loading windows, it suddenly stopped and had an error that said services.exe cannot initialize component. I pressed ok and it was just a black blank screen that had my mouse. I rebooted a couple of times and that did nothing. I assumed that my Windows XP Pro SP2 Media Center Edition 2005 was corrupted. I inserted a Windows XP Pro SP2 disc and i used the automated system recovery to enter command prompt to perform a scan disk to see if there were any errors...there were and it was corrected. I rebooted and I tried again. Same thing happened again, I get the loading windows XP screen followed by a services.exe error (this happens before i even reach the log-on screen). I looked through this website and I found that a good way to fix windows without reformatting is by performing a reinstall only for the windows components. I rebooted my computer and I booted from the Windows XP Pro SP2 disc in hopes that it might possibly recognize my media center edition. I pressed enter to begin reinstalling windows (luckily it had recognized my previous version of windows as the media center edition), then pressed F8 for the license agreement. Then i pressed R to repair windows. Off it went through the installation screens and then I came up to the Windows XP Product Activation window. I entered the key on the side of my laptop...and it said it was invalid!!! I opened my box for the Windows XP Pro SP2 disc and looked for the license and I entered that in...still says it is invalid!!! In desperation I got a friend to help me find some keys online (Yes shame on me) but none of them worked!
BASICALLY my problem is that I cannot get passed the product activation window!
I hope someone can help me fix this
Just to clarify, I am NOT trying to get someone's product key for Windows XP that is NOT what i want. I already have two legit keys here and I just want to know why my 2 legit keys (one is XP Pro SP2 the other is Media Center Edition 2005) and legit CD (Windows XP Pro SP2) aren't working...its very strange
Thank you in advance!